Let’s talk bugs… Creepy crawlies or classic design elements?
I may loathe live encounters with insects, but there’s just something mesmerizing about getting an up-close look at their crazy shapes and details! So alien, so awesome.
Who remembers these Vintage Beetle Print Pillows I designed? I am still absolutely crazy about them!
So obviously, I’m in favor of using insects to decorate my home! Today’s project is a fun wall decor idea I’ve had bouncing around in my head for months. I’m so glad I finally decided to take an afternoon and bring it to life!
DIY Gilded Insect Faux Taxidermy
Giant plastic insects + liquid gold leaf + wooden plaques = the coolest, glammest, modern insect art you ever did see!
I even had most of the supplies on hand and only needed to make a quick stop at the craft store for a few things.
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You Will Need:
- Wooden plaques – various sizes/shapes, totally up to you! (Amazon, Walmart)
- I used: a 10″x7″ oval, a 7″x5″ oval, and a 7″ diameter round plaque.
- Fine grit sandpaper (Amazon, Walmart)
- Large plastic insects – these are the exact ones I used (Similar here)
- Paint color of your choice – I used some leftover paint I had, Clark+Kensington “Black Chiffon”
- Liquid gold leaf (Amazon, Walmart) Heads up, you will need mineral spirits (Amazon, Walmart) to clean your brush afterwards
- Spray Sealer – I used Rustoleum clear lacquer spray
- Hot glue gun (Amazon, Walmart)
- Command hanging strips (Amazon, Walmart)
Lightly sand the wooden plaques and paint them with your chosen paint color. Allow to dry.
Apply the liquid gold leaf to the plastic insects and allow to dry. Warning: don’t apply any liquid gold leaf to the bottom of the insects, or the hot glue won’t hold.
Seriously, these gilded insects are pretty sweet decorative objects on their own. You could always just call it a day right here and scatter them throughout your home – I know I was tempted!
NOTE: Sometimes, the solvents in certain kinds of paint don’t react well to a plastic base, so you might need to seal your gold-leafed bugs with a clear coat. I used a can of spray lacquer I had in the garage and gave my bugs a good coating to seal them.
Hot glue the gilded insects to the wooden plaques. Attach command strips to the backs of the plaques and hang!
Seriously, this was such a quick and easy project – I spent the most time just waiting for the paint to dry!
I absolutely love the way the gold insects pop off the deep charcoal background!
They are so dimensional and so much more interesting than a flat piece of art would be!
(And because it’s frequently asked – “Brad Pillow” is via Replaceface on Society6)
Pretty much the perfect craft, in my book! Fun, quick, easy, and eye-catching!